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Friday, February 16, 2018

To simplify the public’s ability to report fish kills, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently developed an online form for reporting fish kills in quantities larger than 25 fish. A fish kill of this size could have more factors involved that need further DNR investigation. The new Sick or Dead Aquatic Species form

tags: Environmental Impact, Dept of Natural Resources

Monday, February 12, 2018

With the adage that “all politics is local,” Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) offers a new online Advocacy Tool for recreational boaters. The tool serves as a one-stop shop for federal and state recreational boating issues and gives recreational boaters the option to track relevant bills by state, find

tags: Environmental Impact

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Communities across the Great Lakes region continue to grapple with crumbling drinking water and wastewater infrastructure—according to the U.S. EPA, a staggering $180 billion over the next 20 years is needed in improvements, upgrades and repairs in the eight-state region of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan,

tags: Great Lakes, Environmental Impact

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Ohio Clean Marinas Program has continued its voluntary certification program, which recognizes marinas that choose to adopt best management practices to improve the environmental, educational and economic aspects of their operations. Seven marinas in Ohio were newly certified in 2017, and three marinas were recertified for

tags: Boat Club, Dept of Natural Resources, Environmental Impact, Lake Erie, Awards

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) recently finished the 2017 dredging season, having removed 1,053,042 cubic yards of dredge material from state park lakes and other state properties. Last year, a total of 1,011,458 cubic yards of sediment were removed statewide. “Dredging is critical at our state park lakes to

tags: Environmental Impact, Lake Erie, Dept of Natural Resources

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

A cooperative multi-entity task force created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public meeting Jan. 30 in Houghton County, kicking off long-term efforts to save the important lake trout and whitefish spawning areas on Buffalo Reef from being covered with shifting stamp sands. The meeting will be 6-8 p.m.

tags: Lake Superior, Environmental Impact

Friday, December 15, 2017

A small wind farm “demonstration project” in the planning stages, to be located on Lake Erie, 8 to 10 miles northwest of Cleveland, Ohio, may be a sign of what the future holds for thousands of acres of Lake Erie waters. With more than 18,000 dues-paying members in Ohio, Boat Owners Association of The United States

tags: Lake Erie, Environmental Impact

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

It’s a common scenario at many marina fuel docks — splashing fuel all over your boat, your clothes, and even fuel spilling into the water. If you’re a recreational boat owner, chances are your boat’s fuel tank has “burped” while refueling, and the start of a pleasant day of boating has turned into a

tags: Environmental Impact, Accessories

Monday, December 4, 2017

The State of Michigan today called on Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. to give the Pipeline Safety Advisory Board (PSAB) a full accounting of the status of the Line 5 pipeline in light of new information released today by Enbridge that additional coating gaps were discovered during the company’s most recent inspection of the dual

tags: Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Environmental Impact

Monday, December 4, 2017

Capt. Jim Greer and his solar boat RA returned to their home port in New Port Richey, Florida, Nov. 8, after completing a 7,200-mile voyage running totally on solar panels, batteries and an all-electric propulsion system provided by Torqeedo. The Great Loop voyage took RA from Florida up the East Coast, through the Great Lakes, down

tags: Environmental Impact, The Great Loop, Engines